Reaction to Warner Bros. Discovery earnings, analyst comments on AEW

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**On Saturday, WH Park is joined by Karen Peterson for The Long & Winding Royal Road. This month’s assessment will concentrate on Satoshi Kojima vs. Toshiaki Kawada for the Triple Crown in February 2005. The present will premiere at Midday ET on the POST Wrestling YouTube channel.

**I will likely be doing a solo present on Saturday evening protecting Battle of the Belts III and discussing some other urgent information objects for POST Wrestling Café members.

**The subsequent G1 Climax present will likely be launched on Sunday evening with WH Park becoming a member of me to assessment each exhibits in Osaka this weekend.

G1 CLIMAX PODCASTS (POST Wrestling Café)

Day 11 (Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. EVIL)
Day 10 (Will Ospreay vs. David Finlay)
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Day 7 (Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tama Tonga)
Day 6 (David Finlay vs. Juice Robinson)
Day 4 & 5 (White vs. Ishii, Naito vs. Tanahashi)
Day 3 (Hirooki Goto vs. Tetsuya Naito)
Day 2 (Shingo Takagi vs. Juice Robinson)
Day 1 (Kazuchika Okada vs. Jeff Cobb) – FREE

WRESTLING NEWS

**Warner Bros. Discovery held its second-quarter earnings call on Thursday to go over its efficiency which noticed the conglomerate report a lack of $3.42 billion over the quarter. The outcomes weren’t met favorably with the inventory falling beneath $15 on Friday and down 16 p.c for the reason that opening bell as we speak.

Throughout its incomes name, CEO David Zaslav confirmed stories that its streaming companies – HBO Max and Discovery+ – will likely be merged into one platform subsequent summer season with a perception that its streaming enterprise will break even in 2024. They’re additionally a free ad-supported streaming choice.

Within the wake of the merger, the corporate has outlined its technique to chop $3 billion in prices over the following two years. Main strikes have included the shelving of CNN+ simply after it launched and the announcement of the practically accomplished “Batgirl” and a Scooby Doo movie won’t be launched.

It is a main story to observe with the destiny of AEW’s programming, which is up for renegotiations with the expiration of their deal on the finish of 2024. For AEW’s sake, having probably the most bidders for his or her programming is perfect and can drive up their rights, which at the moment sit at a mean annual worth of $44 million. WBD has quite a bit invested with reside sports activities by the NBA and Main League Baseball and out of doors of the NBA playoffs, AEW has ceaselessly been the highest present on cable on Wednesdays this 12 months. Not like different skilled sports activities, AEW at the moment prices them a fraction of different main sports activities rights and runs 52 weeks per 12 months offering three hours per week of programming, quarterly specials on TNT, and the power so as to add extra programming is on the desk by Ring of Honor and different non-scripted programming.

**John Ourand of Sports activities Enterprise Journal spoke with CNBC reporter Alex Sherman on the state of Warner Brothers Discovery and their ideas popping out of Thursday’s earnings report.

**Noah Kinsey and Indie Wire reporter Tony Maglio have been on The Coffee Time podcast discussing the WBD earnings report and the potential affect on AEW.

From Maglio:

It’s not that I hope AEW doesn’t get re-upped. I hope they get re-upped; I actually do. However proper now, it looks like absolutely the worst time to be searching for a serious contract renewal from Warner Brothers Discovery – and it looks like being on lineal Turner channels is completely the worst place to be in to making an attempt to command some main contract – once more, not like WWE stage cash, not NBA cash, not baseball however a big quantity of reside sports activities cash. It simply doesn’t really feel like the precise time, it looks like the precise time for each events to maneuver on, which is unlucky as a result of I wish to reiterate that AEW is profitable on Wednesdays, it actually really is, now the rankings are slipping, all that stuff. However it’s a profitable property particularly for Turner as a profitable cable TV present, the Friday present not a lot.

I’d not be feeling very snug in my place proper now if I have been Tony Khan or an enormous AEW fan that needs it might keep on that platform. Once more, do I feel AEW will discover one other TV dwelling, if it’s not Turner? Sure, I do. I feel they’ve confirmed themselves as a model and as a top quality different to WWE however man, each time I examine in it actually really feels prefer it isn’t even on their radar. There are such greater fish to fry and should you didn’t suppose (CEO David) Zaslav was not thinking about scripted programming you possibly can simply think about how disinterested he’s in scripted/unscripted programming.

**Cain Velasquez pleaded not guilty in Santa Clara County court on Friday, in response to the most recent report from ESPN. Velasquez has been in custody since February and is going through a cost of tried homicide together with ten gun-related fees for his alleged position in chasing down Harry Goularte and opening hearth in public. Goularte has been accused of molesting a youthful relative in Velasquez’s household and was launched from custody days earlier than the capturing on a cost of a lewd or lascivious act to a toddler beneath the age of 14. Marc Raimondi of ESPN stories {that a} pre-trial listening to for Velasquez is scheduled for September 26th in an effort for Velasquez’s legal professional to get the case dismissed. If that doesn’t happen, the case will go to trial. Within the ESPN story, it states that the prosecution won’t be calling on Goularte to testify on the pre-trial listening to or the trial, which Velasquez’s legal professional is trying to alter. Velasquez is accused of taking part in a high-speed chase again in February and opening hearth at a automobile containing Goularte, his stepfather, and his mom with a bullet hanging his stepfather, who sustained non-life-threatening accidents.

**Friday Night time SmackDown takes place from the Bon Secours Wellness Middle in Greenville, South Carolina coming off SummerSlam, and the corporate driving a wave of momentum. They’ve introduced the next matches and segments for tonight:
*Roman Reigns to deal with Drew McIntyre
*Gauntlet Match: Natalya vs. Shotzi vs. Sonya Deville vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Aliyah vs. Xia Li vs. Raquel Rodriguez (the winner challenges Liv Morgan at Conflict on the Fort)
*Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Ludwig Kaiser

**AEW has a reside version of Rampage in addition to the Battle of the Belts III being taped on the Van Andel Area in Grand Rapids, Michigan tonight. Rampage is coming off one in every of its lowest numbers ever and it’s a extra loaded present than common between Jon Moxley wrestling on the present and a Avenue Battle for the tag titles. Beneath are the matches listed for Rampage at 10 p.m. ET on TNT:
*Title Eliminator Match: Jon Moxley vs. Mance Warner
*Avenue Battle for the AEW Tag Workforce Championships: Swerve Strickland & Keith Lee (champions) vs. Tony Nese & Josh Woods
*Madison Rayne vs. Leila Gray

**WrestleTix stories that over 5,900 tickets are out for the Rampage & Battle of the Belts taping tonight on the Van Andel Area.

**Battle of the Belts III airs Saturday evening at 8 p.m. ET on TNT with Claudio Castagnoli vs. Konosuke Takeshita for the ROH title (this needs to be unbelievable), Wardlow vs. Jay Deadly for the TNT Championship, and Thunder Rosa in opposition to Jamie Hayter for the AEW Girls’s Championship.

**The G1 Climax holds two playing cards in Osaka this weekend with exhibits on the Edion Area on Saturday at 4 a.m. ET and early Sunday morning at 1 a.m. The massive match of the weekend is Saturday’s D Block match between Will Ospreay and Shingo Takagi, which could possibly be among the many greatest matches this 12 months given their historical past. Technically, nobody has been eradicated however a number of are hanging by a thread. With 4 exhibits within the subsequent 5 days, the eliminations are going to be quick and livid and the event begins to wind down and there are solely six round-robin matches per wrestler, as an alternative of 9 in previous years.

Saturday at 4 a.m. ET in Osaka:
*D BLOCK: Shingo Takagi vs. Will Ospreay
*B BLOCK: Jay White vs. Nice O-Khan
*C BLOCK: Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Hirooki Goto
*A BLOCK: Lance Archer vs. Toru Yano
*D BLOCK: El Phantasmo vs. YOSHI-HASHI
*Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. JONAH & Unhealthy Dude Tito
*Tetsuya Naito, SANADA & BUSHI vs. KENTA, Juice Robinson & Unhealthy Luck Fale
*Jeff Cobb & Aaron Henare vs. Tom Lawlor & Royce Isaacs
*Tomohiro Ishii, Tama Tonga, David Finlay & Ryohei Oiwa vs. EVIL, Chase Owens, Yujiro & SHO

Sunday at 1 a.m. ET in Osaka:
*A BLOCK: Kazuchika Okada vs. JONAH
*B BLOCK: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Chase Owens
*D BLOCK: Juice Robinson vs. El Phantasmo
*A BLOCK: Tom Lawlor vs. Unhealthy Luck Fale
*C BLOCK: EVIL vs. Aaron Henare
*Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Nice O-Khan vs. Jay White, KENTA & Gedo
*Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, SANADA & BUSHI vs. Lance Archer, Zack Sabre Jr., Taichi & Taka Michinoku
*Yujiro & SHO vs. Tama Tonga & Jado
*Hiroshi Tanahashi, David Finlay & Yuto Nakashima vs. Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI

**IMPACT Wrestling averaged 115,000 viewers and 0.03 within the 18-49 demographic on Thursday, per Showbuzz Each day. The present completed #123 amongst cable originals and compares with 96,000 viewers and 0.03 the present posted final week.

**David Bixenspan has an article on FanByte assessing the protection of Vince McMahon and why this newest scandal was the one which finally noticed his fall from his personal firm. Bixenspan and his podcast co-host Kris Zellner have simply accomplished a four-part series on Titangate with a radical breakdown and evaluation of the multitude of scandals within the World Wrestling Federation within the early ‘90s. Certainly one of their conclusions was the mishandling of the ring boy accusations and conflating it with different tales of steroid and different drug use. All of it grew to become too troublesome to course of given the amount of tales and the mainstream media’s try and navigate the skilled wrestling business. It’s unimaginable to disclaim how Vince McMahon and his firm have come out of sure scandals unscathed due to the minimal real-world scrutiny reserved for professional wrestling. In Bixenspan’s article, he notes that the New York Instances started reaching out to folks after the #MeToo motion started relating to a narrative on McMahon. One wrestler advised Bixenspan that the reporter contacted a number of feminine wrestlers, who didn’t obtain vibe from the reporter relating to their understanding of the professional wrestling business, and finally, the story by no means noticed its completion. The query can also be posed on the Titangate particular and within the article relating to the breaking level for McMahon on this present scandal. If the WWE was nonetheless a non-public firm or a public one the place company governance points weren’t on the forefront, would McMahon have survived? If the corporate is non-public and absent a board of administrators and shareholders, I can’t think about this is able to have led to McMahon stepping down. It’s a tough tablet to swallow, however the actuality is that McMahon was held much less accountable for the actions he dedicated versus his dealing with of them and tying his actions to company disclosure protocols.

**Kurt Angle appeared on Busted Open Radio and spoke in regards to the dealing with of TNA in his A&E Biography and famous {that a} extra full documentary of his life and profession will air on Peacock subsequent 12 months:

We did my life documentary and WWE bought it from us and so they determined to edit a whole lot of stuff, in order that they took out a whole lot of the TNA stuff. They solely left in there that I went to this smaller firm and I acquired the shit beat out of me, you realize, made it look actually dangerous like I made the unsuitable transfer. Whether or not that’s true or not, I don’t suppose I made the unsuitable transfer, whether or not it’s true or not, they took out that stuff. So, what is going on now’s we acquired picked up by Peacock – my documentary. Its going to air in 2023 and it’s the one which we really made out of the start. WWE modified our documentary into making it extra pro-WWE, which I completely perceive, and I get it. I agree with them, they need to have performed that however the documentary that we really made goes to air on Peacock in 2023.

**Glenn Jacobs a.k.a. Kane was re-elected because the mayor of Knox County, Tennessee on Thursday. Jacobs defeated Democratic opponent Debbie Helsey however Jacobs’ margin of victory was lower than his first election. Jacobs received the election on Thursday with roughly 55 p.c of the votes in contrast with 66 p.c of the votes when he was first elected in August 2018.

**Kinya Okada defeated Yoshiki Inamura on Friday’s Professional Wrestling NOAH card to safe a sport within the N-1 Victory event. Okada replaces Timothy Thatcher, who’s off resulting from visa points. The event begins on August 11th with Okada a part of the B Block with Masakatsu Funaki, Kaito Kiyomiya, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Takashi Sugiura, Masa Kitamiya, Satoshi Kojima, and Jack Morris. The A Block contains GHC champion Kenoh, Kazuyuki Fujita, Go Shiozaki, Masato Tanaka, Masaaki Mochizuki, Hideki Suzuki, El Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr., and Anthony Greene.

**Keiji Muto’s retirement tour will proceed on September 3rd with his final match scheduled for Osaka with Professional Wrestling NOAH.

**WWE has a home present on Saturday in North Charleston, South Carolina, and is promoting Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus in a Avenue Battle, Bianca Belair vs. Asuka vs. Carmella, The Usos vs. Avenue Earnings, and Seth Rollins vs. Riddle as the highest matches. On Sunday, the identical crew is in Fayetteville, North Carolina

**NXT has reside occasions on Saturday in Largo and Sunday in Gainesville, Florida.

**Matt Cardona is about to return to motion on the primary evening of the NWA’s 74th-anniversary playing cards in St. Louis this month. Cardona suffered a torn biceps in Might at a Recreation Changer Wrestling occasion and underwent surgical procedure days later to restore it. The NWA is promoting that Cardona could have a “hand-picked opponent” on Saturday, August 27th.

**WrestleTix reports that IMPACT’s Emergence occasion subsequent Friday at Cicero Stadium is about up for 392 seats and are seven tickets shy of that mark.

**The WWE inventory closed at $70.85 on Friday.

**IMPACT has introduced two dates in Nashville subsequent month. The promotion will run its Victory Street occasion at Skyway Studios on Friday, September 23rd, and maintain tv tapings the next evening. In the release, IMPACT famous the exhibits have been initially set for the 2300 Area in Philadelphia however said that “the famed 2300 Area is having restricted main occasions previous the tip of August, thus the situation swap was required”.

**Greektown Wrestling returns to the Ted Reeve Area on Saturday, August 20th with a hardcore match between Channing Decker and Eddie Kingston and Trey Miguel vs. Ortiz introduced for the present.

**Maki Itoh will likely be wrestling for National Extreme Wrestling in Vancouver on September 16th. The promotion tweeted the announcement and indicated that Itoh can be concerned in a match with Chelsea Inexperienced.

**Shun Skywalker, who is without doubt one of the high performers on this planet, is coming to the U.S. in October for Recreation Changer Wrestling. Skywalker is scheduled for October 8th and October 9th in Atlantic Metropolis and October 22nd in Detroit.

**West Coast Professional and Professional Wrestling Revolution have introduced that Naomichi Marufuji will be part of its King of Indies tournament on November 19th in San Francisco on the United Irish Cultural Middle.

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